Skin Deep: Beauty Spots

May 30th, 2012

Travel-size beauty products have come a long way from the days when no-frills drugstore brands were the only options, and lovers of department store lines resorted to buying small plastic bottles and did messy transfers of their staples. But when T.S.A. regulations went into effect in 2006 limiting the size of carry-on toiletries, several high-end companies began to offer miniature versions of their most popular cleansers and creams. Some are making convenient kits filled with essentials. 

LA PRAIRIE ADVANCED MARINE BIOLOGY TRAVEL MUST HAVES

This eco-friendly collection uses algae extract, among other purportedly anti-aging ingredients. There are day, face, neck and eye creams and a foaming face cleanser, a gently fragranced lightweight body lotion and shower gel, and a shampoo and conditioner exclusive to this set. ($ 135, shoplaprairie.com )

VBEAUTé IT KIT

Petite versions of five core products in the former hedge-fund manager Julie Macklowe’s newish collection: a foaming cleanser, exfoliator, face and eye creams and a serum. The key ingredient is Swiss botanical stem-cells from the Alpine rose plant, and the products are paraben-, gluten- and fragrance-free. They are packaged in a chic gunmetal case that could double as an evening clutch. ($ 165.00, vbeaute.com)

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE TRAVEL KIT

Founded by a biochemist three decades ago, this French skin care brand is known for combining clinical ingredients like lactic acid with luxurious-sounding ones like silk. Now, for the first time, it’s introducing travel sizes of four best sellers: a cleanser, P50; an exfoliator which doubles as toner; a mist to perk up dull skin and a rich body oil that’s especially handy after a long flight or hours under the sun. There’s also an empty jar to fill with your favorite cream. (At select spas or by calling (800) 755-5270, $ 108)

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